San Pietro Church

The little church of San Pietro dates back to 500/600 A.D. Is located about  200 m. from a settlement that has its origins between the Middle Bronze Age and the Roman era, which in the early Middle Ages became known as Gardola.

The church was origionally built as the chapel of an aristocratic Longobard family on an area that had been used for agricultural activities since the 4th-6th centuries. The apse was rebuilt in the Romanesque period and then, in the 17th century together with the bell tower, the sacristy and a side chapel were restored.
In the twentieth century it was used as a military storehouse and then as a theatre; in 2008 it was turned into a museum.
Among the liturgical furnishings, the altar table is important; interesting is the "reliquary", found in the 70s. In the "tomb of the children" were found the remains of seven individuals between 2 and 7 years of age, silver-covered belt seals and a decorated bone comb. During the summer period the little church hosts numerous art exhibitions.

The Church is open to visitors (usually from June to August) - there is also a little guide in Italian and English available from the Tourist Information Office in Via Europa 7.